You only have to step into Sunday Burquest's house to know she thrives on making her home unique and creative. She buys furniture and home decor at garage sales and thrift stores, remakes them, blogs about it on A Sunday Afternoon, and then keeps or sells the item.
"I'm into doing it on a budget so I'm looking for DIY ideas," said Sunday. "I like to get ideas online."
Sunday now finds her inspiration on an online smorgasboard of ideas called Pinterest.
"It's an online memo board," said Sunday. "Instead of a big cork board or I used to have a folder where I tore out magazine articles. Instead of that I can see a virtual picture online."
The social media site is only two years old but already has almost 20 million users, making it the fastest growing website ever. Most users are women with kids in the home, like Sunday.
"Before all of us women would be at home coming up with great ideas and we had no way to share with each other," said Sunday, who estimates she spends about 20 minutes on the site each day.
"One of the reasons I think it's taken off so much is that it taps into something we're already familiar with," said Brian Bierbaum, vice president of digital strategy at Priority Integrated Marketing. "It's so easy to use and it was designed that way."
Bierbaum says Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that has caught on quickly with people already familiar with Facebook and Twitter. It's a free way to explore your hobby. You don't have to join a club, pay dues, or even buy a magazine to find out what's new.
"You don't have to go there and buy those things to find new inspiration and ideas. Instead, you can go to the website and bring the idea to your friends," said Bierbaum.
So, to Pinterest or not to Pinterest? Here's what you need to know:
1. By invitation only. You have to be invited to join. You'll have to wait months if you request an invitation from the website, but friends can give out as many invitations as they want. So, ask around on Facebook and chances are you'll get an invitation.
2. Follow a friend to pin. "You can follow them and see all the great ideas they are pinning," said Sunday. You can pin items off the web or off of a friend's pinboard.
3. Pin away. You can create your own pinboards in any category. Sunday suggests putting the Pinterest "pin" on your toolbox so you can pin while surfing the web. You can pin as much or as little as you like.
4. Pin now, review later. When you see something you like, pin it. You can always change or delete it later.
"That's the beauty of it is I can forget about an idea. When I can get to do my mudroom, I don't have to remember all the ideas. I can go here and pull it up and whittle down the ideas," said Sunday.